TED, the organization that brings the world “ideas worth spreading” in ultra sticky 18-minute or less presentations from the well-known to the obscure is curating a session for TED2012: Full Spectrum called “The Classroom”
When TED announced their search for “rock star” teachers I had some particular reactions to their call to action and have heard different reactions from different people. I’m interested to hear yours.
First of all the context is important. A significant part of the intention for this session is:
After TED, these talks will have a life online as part of TED-Ed, a new initiative we’re launching in 2012. With TED-Ed, we are creating a library of videos sepcifically for educators and students. The videos will be arranged using teacher-centric/learner-centric categories and tags, designed to help teachers quickly discover the perfect video for the lesson at hand. The videos will also be arranged into playlists to give students a multidisciplinary, immersive insight into a learning concept.
That being said, TED has said they are looking for:
The talks we’re looking for will each:
+ be shorter than 10 minutes
+ contain informative material, not just inspiring messages
+ be delivered with a huge amount of passion for the topic
+ engage an audience from age 14 to adult
+ be something you might imagine a teacher using in the classroom as video to supplement a lesson.
We’re especially keen to include brilliant EXPLANATIONS, meaningful A-HA moments, powerful STORIES, indelible IMAGES.
The controversy is about this next section:
Now, a couple of notes about what we’re not looking for. For this session, we do not want talks about teaching methods, education reform or education in general. We are not looking for an inspiring, “go forth,” commencement-style talk. We do love those sometimes, but they’re not a fit for this session.
What do you think? From what we know so far does this initiative seem helpful or harmful to teachers? Is it respectful?
I am a TEDx organizer, and frequent participant in TED initiatives, like TED conversations. I believe that TED is supporting a lot of good in the world and has potential to do more. Those are my biases just to be transparent. as we get into this conversation. Thanks for sharing your perspective.